Raspberry and Chocolate Ganache Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream

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Raspberry and Chocolate Ganache Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream
Raspberry and Chocolate Ganache Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream

PREP TIME

45

minutes

TOTAL TIME

80

minutes

SERVINGS

14

servings

PREP TIME

45

minutes

TOTAL TIME

80

minutes

SERVINGS

14

servings

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CAKE:

  • 12

    ounces, weight Butter, At Room Temperature

  • 13

    ounces, weight Sugar

  • 4

    whole Eggs

  • 1

    Tablespoon Vanilla

  • 15

    ounces, fluid Buttermilk

  • 13

    ounces, weight All-purpose Flour

  • ⅛ ounces, weight Baking Soda

  • ⅛ ounces, weight Baking Powder

  • _____

  • FOR THE RASPBERRY CURD:

  • 6

    ounces, weight Fresh Raspberries

  • 4

    ounces, weight Sugar

  • 2

    teaspoons Lemon Juice

  • 4

    whole Egg Yolks

  • 8

    Tablespoons Butter, Cubed

  • _____

  • FOR THE GANACHE:

  • 4

    ounces, fluid Heavy Cream

  • 1

    whole Vanilla Bean

  • 8

    ounces, weight Dark Chocolate (at Least 65%) Chopped

  • _____

  • FOR THE BUTTERCREAM:

  • 4

    ounces, weight Good Quality White Chocolate, Chopped

  • 1

    cup Unsalted Butter, At Room Temperature

  • 1

    teaspoon Vanilla

  • 2

    Tablespoons Heavy Cream, Or More If Needed

  • 5

    cups Powdered Sugar

Directions

Heat the oven to 350 F and spray two 8″ cake pans with non-stick spray. In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until well mixed and creamy. Add the eggs and whisk until well combined. In a medium bowl mix the flour, baking powder, and baking soda until well mixed. In a large measuring cup mix the buttermilk and vanilla. Alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk into the creamed butter mixture, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour. Divide the batter between the pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the center springs back when pressed and the cake comes away from the sides of the pan. Cool for ten minutes in the pans before turning out onto racks to cool completely. Wrap the cooled cake in plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour. While the cake is baking prepare the ganache and raspberry curd. For the ganache pour the cream into a heavy pot. Open the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds. Add the seeds and the bean to the cream. Heat the cream, over medium high heat, until it begins to simmer. Turn off the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Allow to stand three minutes before whisking to combine. Let stand at room temperature until completely cool. For the raspberry curd begin by pureeing the fresh raspberries in a blender until smooth. Strain the mixture through a strainer. Pour four ounces of the puree into a non-reactive pot with the sugar, lemon juice, and egg yolks. Cook the mixture, over medium low heat, until it thickens and begins to boil. Remove the mixture from the heat and whisk in the butter. Strain the mixture then cover with plastic, making sure to press the film down on the curd to avoid a skin, and chill in the refrigerator until completely cool. For the buttercream begin by melting the chopped white chocolate in the microwave in 15 seconds bursts, stirring well between intervals, until completely melted. In the bowl of a mixer cream the butter and vanilla until smooth. Add the white chocolate and cream and mix until well combined. Add the powdered sugar, a cup at a time, until it reaches a spreading consistency. Cover with plastic until ready to use. To assemble the cake: Tort the cakes into three layers each (i.e. cut each cake into 3 horizontal layers). Place a layer of cake on your board, or cake plate, and spread 1/3 of the chocolate ganache until it is 1/4″ from the edge of the cake. Top with another layer of cake and spread about 1/4 cup raspberry curd until it is 1/4″ from the edge of the cake. Repeat until layers in this order until you reach the last layer. Carefully apply a thin crumb coat of the white chocolate buttercream and then chill the cake for at least one hour, or up to four hours, before applying the final coat of frosting. Decorate as desired.

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